David James & Associates has developed programs aimed specifically
at healing depression. But there are many types and degrees of
depression, some individuals suffering from depression have suicidal
thoughts, others do not.
Depression is a serious medical condition that has emotional,
physical and behavioural symptoms such as severe sadness that
doesn't end, loss of interest in everyday activities that once held
enjoyment, trouble concentrating, lack of energy, sleepiness, aches
and pains, sudden change in appetite or weight and thoughts of
suicide. 1 in 10 Canadians will suffer a bout of depression with
women being more likely to suffer from depression than men.
Depression can be hereditary. People that live alone, are divorced,
suffer from chronic illness, have experienced trauma, are low income
or suffer substance abuse are at risk of depression.
Assertive Behaviour allows a person to stand up for themselves
without feeling guilt or anxiety, to be comfortable with expressing
themselves honestly and to exercise their personal rights without
taking away others' rights. Many people find it hard to be assertive
because they do not believe they have the right, they are anxious or
fearful of standing up for themselves or they lack the social skills
to express themselves correctly. The more a person practices
assertive responses the easier it becomes and the more confident and
self assured the person becomes.
Boundaries are imaginary lines people draw around themselves that
tell others their limits and how close they can get. Boundaries
allow people to say �NO� firmly, and filter out harmful or negative
beings. Examples of unhealthy boundaries are rescuing others,
�stretching� ourselves thin by saying yes to time commitments that
we don't have the time for because we felt guilty saying no and
staying in an abusive situation to help the other person. The inability
to set healthy boundaries can be the result of low self-esteem, lack
of social skills or an exaggerated sense of responsibility.
Seasonal Affective Disorder - SAD
SAD is diagnosed when someone suffers clinical depression only
during autumn and winter. Symptoms of SAD; increased
sleepiness, lack of energy, increased carbohydrate craving and
weight gain. The symptoms can be mistaken for depression. Up to 2
million people are believed to suffer from Seasonal Affective
Disorder, it seems to be more prevalent in the northern countries
because the winter days are shorter and therefore less sunlight is
available. Light therapy is the most common treatment for depression
caused by Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Grief is a normal
reaction to loss and change. The five layers of grief are;
and finally acceptance
The grieving process varies according to a
persons personality and can take anywhere from months to 4 years or
more. It is important to talk to someone if you feel that you are
stuck in the depression stage of healing for an extended period of
time. Remember to have patience with the healthy process of grief.
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